Sauer's contract is reportedly worth $2.5 million; Anisimov's contract is reportedly worth $3.75 million.
Sauer had 3 goals and 12 assists in 76 games last season, his first full one in the NHL. The 23-year-old from St. Cloud, Minn., played mostly with fellow rookie defenseman Ryan McDonagh as the Rangers' No. 2 defense pairing. He also was a plus-20, the best rating on the Rangers and fourth-best among League rookies.
Anisimov, 23, had a career-high 18 goals and 26 assists in his second NHL season. He was at his best while centering a line with Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan, who are also RFAs.
The Rangers' other remaining RFA is forward Brian Boyle.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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